Hemel Hempstead Town FC cruised through to the Fourth Round of the FA Trophy by beating Haringey Borough 1-4 on their own turf this afternoon (Saturday, November 23).
While gaffer Sammy Moore had predicted a “really tough game” at Coles Park Stadium against the BetVictor Premier League side, his players took joy in proving him wrong with an electric display away from home.
Haringey couldn’t cope with the Tudors’ attacking prowess; and it took just 22 minutes for striker Sam Ashford to put the away side one up. Alex Wall hit a powerful free kick at Casillas Carro who could only parry the ball and Ashford was at the far post to slot home. 0-1.
The home side’s fans responded admirably, attempting to roar Haringey back into the game; it may have rattled a lesser side, but the Tudors would silence them soon enough.
Town settled for a slender lead going into half time, but came out keen to double it in the second half. In just the 49th minute, in-form Ashford capitalised on a brilliant lofted ball from centre-forward Alex Wall and swept the ball in. 0-2.
It wasn’t only the forwards impressing though – defender Jacques Kpohomouh got in on the act, grabbing a third in the 62nd minute. 0-3.
The Tudors showed their clinical side yet again in the 84th minute as substitute Liam Nash made it four and truly ended the game.
Joseph Staunton did get a late consolation goal, but in truth the Haringey fans would’ve been relieved to hear the final whistle a minute later. 1-4.
The win sends Town through to the next round of the FA Trophy and with a promotion push very much on the table for 6th placed Tudors, this is already shaping up to be an exciting season.
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